On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the Silent Witness Initiative and Roger Williams University will hold a candlelight vigil and campus march to honor the victims of domestic violence and to mark the unveiling of a new online database that makes domestic violence case data more easily accessible, intellgible and organized.
This new database will better inform the public of domestic abuse statistics, and could help organizations gain funding as well as influence public policy. In 2012, there were approximately 810,790 reported cases of domestic abuse, claiming the lives of nearly 1,300 men, women and children.
Rhode Island ranks in the middle third of states for annual homicide deaths of women by intimate partners. The March to End the Silence on the Roger Williams University campus will honor these victims’ lives by creating an exhibit of dozens of red, life-size silhouettes that represent the victims by bearing their names and stories.